When environmental solutions to the climate crisis come with socio-economic benefits, it’s a win-win. While these co-benefits are inherent to most climate solutions, they’re not always effectively communicated or efficiently coordinated.

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The waning days of July find me swimming in silken water that feels prematurely cool, gliding by a shoreline maple sporting a single bright red leaf, a distinct reminder that nature will not only have its way, but also set the pace and this summer’s pace has been quick, as though Vermont’s s…

Fifty years ago next month, with inflation rising and growing trade deficits, President Richard Nixon suspended the conversion of the U.S. dollar into gold. This decision effectively ended the Bretton Woods system — the final attempt at an international gold standard — and ushered in a new e…

When America was in the throes of the Great Depression nearly a century ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced a series of initiatives that would be almost impossible to imagine today — at least at the national level. But our brave little state (thanks for that phrase, President…

With time running out, discussions on the National Debt Limit are becoming more urgent. The Republicans are holding up such discussions due to objections that accepting the National Debt Limit will result in a boosting of domestic spending and raising taxes on the rich. Such objections are w…

I do not usually do this but I honestly believe that a cogent reply to Mr. Ron Pulcer would not only be appropriate, but it may shed some light on the general view I have on politics in Rutland Town and how I believe it to be far superior to politics in general in our country today. And I am…

Since December 2018, “Vermonters for Vermont” Initiative has been talking about educating every Vermonter about freedom, liberty, individualism, independence, innovation and personal responsibility. We have been defending and promoting our Constitution, free markets and taking risks. We have…

Art Peterson is a dishonorable man. I say this because, in September, he told the Rutland Herald in an interview that he would honor the decision to fly the Black Lives Matter flag if the School Board voted to do so. They did (twice), and he didn’t.

A strong vote of thanks to the Herald for printing, and Ron Pulcer for writing, his eloquent, well-researched article re the Declarations of Inclusion, July 22. Being a non-Zoomer, I had previously expressed similar opinions by email to the Rutland Town Select Board, but only had a response …

This has been a very newsy week for a host of reasons. And while there are things worthy of note, they were not necessarily worthy of 775 words. But broken into pieces and parts, we feel more at ease with sounding off on some of the news of the week with a good, old-fashioned thumbs up/thumbs down.

The year was 1960. The school was the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, an all-white school. The little girl, Ruby Bridges, only 6 years old (the same age as my granddaughter) was Black. Thanks to the elimination of segregation, this little girl was able to go to a presumably …

That we’re already on the downside of meteorological summer — which peaked Thursday — came not so much as a shock but more the kind of grim realization that increasingly seems to be the way we fortify ourselves for the next snippet of bad news. The summer we anticipated so optimistically for…

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s delegation is at the forefront of a plan to fund libraries as part of the federal infrastructure plan. The numbers are staggering — $5 billion for libraries as part of an overall plan in the trillions, some $18 million of which would come to Vermont. Her…

When Vermont reopened its schools last fall, many feared that COVID-19 cases would threaten the health of students, educators, and communities. A year later, Vermont has demonstrated that schools can reopen for in-person instruction. Conditions for the coming academic year are more favorable…

I want to thank Rosemary Lynn Averill for her letter on Critical Race Theory. I am not sure CRT can resolve our problems in this country, but I am sure Ms. Averill would acknowledge there are many flawed, shameful and racist elements in our history.

Rosemary Lynn Averill’s fear-mongering commentary about Critical Race Theory adds to the right-wing three-card Monty game of focusing on boogeymen, such as cancel culture, and now CRT; thus, avoiding real issues and feeding people’s fears, not building knowledge.

Ben & Jerry's relied on a Human Rights Watch report, which accused Israel of being an apartheid state, to decide to stop selling its product to Jews in the disputed areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. One assumes that Arabs living in these areas will be able to buy ice cream, just…

Since news broke earlier this week that Ben & Jerry’s is going to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, Vermont readers and leaders around the globe seem to be giving the company a very chilly reception.

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Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

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Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.